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Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan Announces
Friday, April 8, 2005
Day of Prayer and Mourning

Archdiocese of Santa Fe Catholic Center
All Parish Offices
All Catholic Schools
Will be closed in honor of Pope John Paul II

Thursday, April 7, 2005, Vigil Mass
St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral, Santa Fe


Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan today announced Friday, April 8, 2005 to be Day of Prayer and Mourning. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe Catholic Center, all parish offices and all Catholic Schools will be closed in honor of Pope John Paul II and the wonderful blessing that he has been to us during his 26 years as our shepherd. Archbishop Sheehan will be celebrating a Mass in St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral, Santa Fe at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, the vigil of the Holy Father’s funeral.

Archbishop Sheehan will not be traveling to Rome. He said,

My prayer for the Holy Father can best be prayed with the people of the Archdiocese here at home. Let us keep Pope John Paul II in prayer as well as the Cardinals who will be meeting within a few days in conclave to elect the new Pontiff. Let us be together in prayer.

Archbishop Sheehan has asked that:

  • Bells at all parishes toll their bells 84 times (Pope John Paul II’s age upon his death) daily (through Friday, April 8, 2005) at 12:30 p.m. (the approximate time of his death).Any flags should be flown at half-mast.
  • The custom of praying the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be a number of times is to be encouraged, especially with school children.
  • A special novena for the Repose of the Soul of Pope John Paul II is also encouraged. It is available in both English and Spanish at the USCCB website.

BACKGROUND: NOVENA - Nine days of public or private prayer for some special occasion or intention. Its origins go back to the nine days that the Disciples and Mary spent together in prayer between Ascension and Pentecost Sunday. Over the centuries, many novenas have been highly indulgenced by the Church.


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